Compression Legwear uses graduated compression to provide relief from the symptoms of conditions like lymphedema, deep vein thrombosis, ulceration and shin splints. By exerting the greatest compression at the ankle, and then gradually reducing the compression level as one moves upward, it counters the effects of gravity by forcing the blood up through the veins and back to the heart. It therefore improves circulation of blood and other lymphatic fluids through the body. Graduated compression technology has become a standard aspect of modern compression socks and stockings.
However, the benefits of compression legwear are not only for individuals with compromised circulatory systems. Athletes and physically active individuals will experience improved energy levels and quicker recovery times from training or competition. The compression also reduces muscle vibration and, with it, the risk of damage to muscles and associated structures, particularly during physically intense activity.
Other associated benefits of compression socks and stockings include reduced pain and swelling. Compression also improves the body’s ability to supply nutrients to damaged tissues, thus shortening the time required to return to full health after injury.